COVID-19: Filing extensions announced for residence permits, other documents

9 Jun 20

PANAMA

IMPACT – HIGH

The government has granted extensions for residence permit filing, as well as other immigration-related documentation.

Key Points:

  • Immigration offices will remain closed through June 7, resuming processing for attorneys June 8 to be followed by processing for the general public at a later date.
  • Those whose temporary residence or tourist stay expired between March 13 and June 7 will receive a three-month extension for residence filing, without fines/penalties.
  • All supporting documents that expired between March 13 and June 7 are also granted a three-month extension, except bank references and health certificates.
  • Immigration will begin issuing ID card appointments once regular residence permit filing and notification resume.
  • The Ministry of Labor will resume services on June 16; however, it has not yet addressed how it will conduct appointments and ID card photos.

Background: The international flight suspension, in force since March, will continue until June 22.

Analysis & Comments: The response to the COVID-19 pandemic continues to develop, and Deloitte will provide additional updates as information becomes available. Please check Deloitte’s COVID-19 Digital Map, available here, for information on travel restrictions and immigration changes in other countries.

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